Whereas other presenters and reporters would just go in with ‘You’re wrong, you’re doing it all wrong, I’m right, why aren’t you doing it my way’
Well, indeed, why must the interviews with the Chief Medical Officer have to be "hard-hitting", anyway? The point of their job is to provide information to the public and they need to have the space to be able to do that, not face a relentless interrogation. The job of their appearances on shows like This Morning and The One Show is to give across the information in the clearest and most effective manner possible.
I'm not saying there isn't the opportunity for interviews to ask them why they've taken a certain path as opposed to another, but it's not like they're interrogating some lying politician, the CMO and his colleagues are there to provide advice and guidance and they're clearly doing their level best to do that. Certainly you would suggest that Chris Whitty has the absolute respect of the vast majority of the public. So why must they be ambushed by interviewers?
If you were to start laying into people like that, I think the interviews would be of fair less use, they'd become a shouting match and in the circumstances many viewers would find them more alarming and upsetting than enlightening. Compare the occasions in recent weeks when Piers Morgan and Dan Walker have interviewed the same people in quick succession, I would certainly say the Walker interviews have been more successful and the audience have learned more from them because they've had time to make their points and explain them fully.
Yes, there may be questions to ask about the path they've taken, but most of those can wait until after the event when we have an inquiry. The number one priority now is information and advice. It's already frightening enough without people shouting about how everyone's doing it wrong.